First Cut Launches Experimental Film Award in Collaboration with aemi

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First Cut 2024 features a special guest panel discussion, Different Frames, which focuses on experimental film. It brings together a distinguished panel of filmmakers and curators to explore the boundless possibilities of alternative forms of filmmaking from distinctive points of view. Outside of the usual patterns of film storytelling there dwells a vast cinematic palette that falls under the loose category of ‘experimental’. This can include anything from artist films to music videos, the visionary to the intimate, the poetically personal to the radically political. Experimental film is currently enjoying an upsurge in both production and audience interest in Ireland.

One of the guests, Daniel Fitzpatrick, is  co-director of aemi. aemi is a Dublin-based initiative that supports and regularly exhibits moving image works by artists and experimental filmmakers. To mark this event, First Cut is presenting an inaugural Best Experimental Film Award. We are delighted to announce that as well a the First Cut trophy, the winner will receive a special mentoring session from aemi.

Since its formation in 2016 aemi’s key objective has been to provide support for artists working with the moving image in order to contribute to a developing infrastructure around these practices in Ireland. aemi is dedicated to expanding audiences for this material through regular curated programmes of Irish and international work with the intention of enriching the critical discourse that surrounds the wide range of activity in this area.

Different Frames takes place at 3.40 on Saturday March 9th at The Regal Cinema, Youghal. This eye-opening panel also features visual artist Asha Murray, and filmmakers Bob Gallagher and Maximilian Le Cain. It is sure to provide inspiring insights into what film can be when seen through a different frame.